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  • Actors: Dylan McDermott, Stacey Travis, John Lynch, Carl McCoy, Iggy Pop
  • Directors: Richard Stanley
  • Writers: Richard Stanley, Kevin O'Neill, Michael Fallon, Steve MacManus
  • Producers: Bob Weinstein, Elizabeth Karlsen, Harvey Weinstein
  • Format: Color, Dolby, DVD-Video, Limited Edition, NTSC, Special Edition, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: Funimation! Unidisc
  • Release Date: Nov. 17 2009
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars 16 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B002E2QH8Q
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #49,750 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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It's Christmas in the tech noir slum of the post-apocalyptic future, and scrap-metal sculptor Stacey Travis gets a present she'll never forget. Scavenger boyfriend Dylan McDermott returns from the wastelands with the insectoid robot head of a killing machine. In no time it whirs to life and builds itself a gizmo-laden body out of handy appliances to continue its single-minded destruction of the human race, one warm body at a time. Director Richard Stanley, something of a scavenger himself, plunders everything from The Terminator, Blade Runner, and The Road Warriorto Short Circuit (the spidery construct resembles a demonic Number 5) for his violent flesh-vs.-metal survival thriller. Shot in sun-blasted orange and sweltering red, it's a triumph of style, set design, and grunge aesthetics over story, driven by a pounding techno score by Simon Boswell and punctuated by splattering gore. --Sean Axmaker

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I can't wait to see this film on DVD for 2 main reasons:
1) The soundtrack is incredible, and will hopefully be Dolby encoded.
2) The amazing use of reds in the color of the images always seems to bleed on VHS and a digital rendering is most welcome.
Hardware is one of the most stylistic films to ever be released into the mainstream. It resembles an art film that you would expect at Sundance much more than it does something that would come from Hollywood.
Forget the rather lame plot and look at the ingenious presentation and atmosphere. The cinematography and editing on this film are breathtaking. Hardware should be studied by film students everywhere to learn how original execution and creativity can be melded with a major studio release to create something extraordinary.
I've said it before and I'll say it again...those who don't like it simply don't understand it. It also helps to have an appreciation of industrial music as there's nothing quite like seeing GWAR perform as you hear Ministry's Stigmata.
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Format: VHS Tape
It's hard for me to understand why more people haven't seen this movie. With the dearth of truly excellent science fiction movies out there, I would think that more people would have been exposed to this very fine, terrifying science fiction thriller. However, if this movie does truly come out on DVD as is rumoured, perhaps more people will get a chance to experience this canonical classic.
This film has every factor you would want in a scary science fiction movie -- a killer robot, artistic statements, a kick-rear-end soundtrack, superior acting, political statements, drugs, the snuffing out of humankind, and even good-old weirdness ("wibbly-wobbly walk"). However, what really sets it apart from the slew of mediocre sci-fi thrillers in this genre is the exceptional screenwriting, which develops the tension, suspense, and terror that grips you so effectively when you watch this movie.
If you like "Alien" and "Aliens", you'll love this movie. In fact, you will love this movie even if you don't like science fiction in general. The only people who shouldn't watch this movie are those who don't like scary movies, because this one will absolutely *terrify* you.
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I cannot express my joy at the news that this film is coming to DVD. This is my favourite movie, and I believe one of the best ever made. I will admit that it can be a bit off putting to the untrained eye, but if you take the time, you will see that this is one of the most impressive, symbolism laden films ever made. Keep some very basic themes in mind, and you'll start to see beyond the great acting and stellar cinematography. The eyes are the windows to the soul. Water purifies and cleanses. On the surface, this film is about a robot that goes crazy in an apartment in the future and kills some people. Underneath, it's about the violation and destruction of one of the last bastions of hope and beauty in a messed up world. If you an answer some of these questions, you'll start to see the grander picture: Who covers their eyes when they fight the MARK 13. Compare this to who lives, and who dies. Who is the drifter (hint: he used to be an angel)? What two events happen in the shower, under a deluge of water, and why? Where is the drill on the MARK 13 located, and why is the last shot of Jill attacking it a removal of this drill? The first 4 letters of the MARK 13's serial number are BAAL. Why? Who or what is BAAL? Did you notice that the MARK 13 runs around killing people with an American flag on it's head, with a drug that smells like apple pie? Who is Jill quoting when she refers to the MARK 13 as being "our final solution."
As you can see, there is far more to this film than meets the eye. If you'll give it a chance, and watch more than 20 minutes of it (see below), you'll see what an incredible work of art this movie is. And now, we'll have it in beautiful DVD format!
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By The Movie Guy HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on Jan. 11 2015
Format: Blu-ray
Possible plot spoilers.

In a futuristic society, one that has destroyed the planet with pollution and radiation, the best Christmas gift is a piece of scrap metal. It seems the government has initiated population control by creating a terminator robot that kills people and not just rebels. Most of the filming is done inside Jill's (Stacey Travis) apartment.

For a low budget sci-fi, it was done fairly well. I watched the special 2-disc limited edition ($2.99 Mountain View Movies) which included a second disc which was mostly a Richard Stanley ego fest. We had commentary by Richard, previous short films by him, a super 8 version of Hardware and deleted scenes. This wouldn't be bad except except Richard needs to stay behind the camera and not in front of it.

Guide: F-bomb, sex, nudity (Stacey Travis).
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Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
After watching the documentary on cult filmmaker Richard Stanley (Lost Soul) I had to see this film. It's a cult movie that is just okay. Any film that has a cameo with Lemmy from Motorhead is going to be pretty bad ass but as a science fiction film this thing is a bit of a mess. It's good for a no-budget science fiction story about a killer robot but I find the writer/director more interesting. As an aside; I was surprised to see that Erik Larsen most likely copied the look of his Super Patriot character's head (Savage Dragon comic series) from this film.
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